Category Archives: Announcements, Calls & Newsbits

Women’s Bodies invite Rape, Ridhuan Tee says

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah claimed today that women’s bodies attract rapists, amid an uproar over a recent Friday sermon that linked women’s dressing to sexual assault. Pointing out the difference between the shape of women’s and men’s bodies, Tee said in his column on Malay daily Sinar Harian that by “exposing and flaunting” their bodies, women are motivating men to commit rape. “The logic is simple. Women’s bodies are alluring and arousing,” said Tee in the article titled “Bila Read More +

Pope Francis suggests Gay Marriage Threatens Traditional Families

By Michele Richinick In a reference critical to gay marriage, Pope Francis on Friday warned against an ideological colonization of the family, during his five-day visit to the Philippines, Asia’s most Catholic country. At a rally for families in the country’s capital of Manila, the popular pontiff spoke of an “ideological colonization that we have to be careful about that is trying to destroy the family,” the pope said through a translator. Many people understood his remarks as a reference to same-sex marriage. “The family is threatened Read More +

A Eulogy for Tony Tan – A Friend from Singapore

I have been asked by Rev. Miak Siew to deliver a eulogy as we bid goodbye  to our friend and brother, Tony Tan. Although I cannot be present physically, I am happy and honoured to be able to address all of you today. I first met Tony when I flew over to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur for the Amplify Conference in September 2014. We met in the little room at Free Community Church that served as a pantry during the Conference. Tony was very friendly, Read More +

Mormons Support LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Measures…Come On, Evangelicals!

By Brandan Robertson. On Friday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints posted a revised statement on LGBTQ Discrimination to the Churches official website: “Church leaders recognize the existence and difficulty of same gender attraction and acknowledge the difference between having same-sex attraction and acting on it. They censure only the latter, and leaders strongly advocate for understanding, inclusion, and kindness toward people of all gender orientations. The Church website details sincere outreach by the Church within the gay community, including support in Read More +

The Position of Islamic Law in Malaysia in Light of the Transgender Case

By Surendra Ananth at MalayMailOnline. The recent Court of Appeal decision on the transgender case received heavy criticism from certain quarters (hereby referred to as the “gainsayers”) who view the decision as a step backward in terms of the development of Islamic law. To the contrary, the decision should be applauded as it reflects the development of Constitutional law in Malaysia. It upholds the fundamental liberties entrenched in our Constitution and its secular nature. I write this article in reply to the gainsayers and also Read More +

Erotic Renewals: Rethinking Sex as LGBTQ Christians

By Joseph N. Goh at AACRE. My reflection draws on a workshop entitled “Erotic Renewals: Rethinking Sex as LGBTQ Christians” that I designed and delivered at the recent Amplify 2014 Conference. This All-Asia Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference that gathers diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer persons, as well as straight-identifying allies, was hosted by Free Community Church, Singapore between September 12 and 14, 2014. Approximately 200 clergy and non-clergy delegates from Australia, China (both mainland and Hong Kong), Indonesia, Japan, Read More +

Amplify 2014: All-Asia Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference in Singapore

Between September 12 and 14, 2014, approximately 200 people participated in the Amplify Conference (Amplify). The theme of the Conference was ‘Renewal’. This is the sixth All-Asia-Pacific Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference that gathers diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer persons, as well as straight-identifying allies (LGBTIQS) to share personal stories and learn more about intersecting issues of gender, sexuality and the Christian faith. Amplify began in Singapore in 2009 as a retreat for LGBTIQS persons who served in the music Read More +

UCC Minister Calls to End Stigma on World AIDS Day

By Anthony Moujaes, December 1, 2014, United Church of Christ. United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Yvette Flunder shared a powerful message at the White House on World AIDS Day. Flunder doesn’t want humanity to stigmatize people with HIV/AIDS, nor does she want humanity to use religion to condemn or abandon those infected with the disease. “We must learn and teach prevention,” Flunder told the gathering. ” When stigmatism ends, so will the epidemic.” Bishop Flunder, senior pastor of City of Refuge UCC, in San Francisco, Read More +

Asexuality, Explained in One Simple Comic

By Adria Tibbs at everydayfeminism. There seems to be quite a lot of confusion about asexuality. Common beliefs are that it’s the same thing as celibacy, that all asexual people have been abused, and that asexuals don’t experience oppression — none of which are true. So let’s clear the air about the “A” in LGBTQIA+. Check out this comic to learn the truth about some common myths about asexuality. Read more.   This post claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it Read More +

Calls for Conferences, Chapters and Papers

Race, Mobility and Imperial Networks RMIT University and La Trobe University. Melbourne, Australia. November 9-11, 2015. Download Information | Site       Transient Migration in the Asia Pacific RMIT University. Melbourne, Australia. November 12, 2015. Download Information